After being championed by host Beau Ryan for the past few years, Channel 10 has finally announced that a celebrity edition of The Amazing Race Australia is coming to our screens.
Season seven of the reality show will see 11 celebrities and their loved ones racing around the world to try and win $100,000 for their chosen charity.
Among the star-studded cast is Grant Denyer and his wife of 13 years, Chezzi. This certainly isn’t the first reality TV show the former Sunrise presenter has competed on, having won Dancing with the Stars twice and finishing in second place on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2021.
Grant will be joined by his I’m A Celebrity co-star, model, singer and actress Ali Simpson, and her mother and ‘momager’ Angie.
After surprising fans with her appearance on The Masked Singer last year, children’s entertainer and former Wiggle Emma Watkins will be travelling across the globe with her sister Hayley.
Two-time Australian Survivor legend George Mladenov, who describes himself as “the best-ever Survivor player”, will also be taking on a new reality competition alongside his sister Pamela.
Meanwhile, Too Hot To Handle star Harry Jowsey and his best mate, Love Island star Teddy Briggs, will be teaming up, as well as former Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies and his wife, former Real Housewife Jackie Gillies.
Having recently hosted The Real Love Boat, TV host and Celebrity Apprentice star Darren McMullen is ready for a new adventure with his nephew Tristan Dougan.
Rounding out the cast is actor and comedian Peter Rowsthorn and his daughter Frankie, and comedian Dane Simpson and his dad Bow.
'That's what I love about it'
The series reportedly began filming in Delhi, India this week and is expected to air around September this year.
“From culture shock, meagre budgets and the pressure of a non-stop race, our star racers will be tested in ways we’ve never seen before,” a statement from Channel 10 reads.
Host Beau Ryan told Yahoo Lifestyle last year that he had actually been hoping to film a celebrity version of The Amazing Race for a while.
“The reason the show is so successful is anyone can compete and it doesn’t matter who you are, no matter your colour or your size or your gender. Anyone can win,” he says.
“So I want to stay true to the show, but I think eventually we will have a celebrity season… I'd like to see other celebrities go over there, no sleep, no phones. I think that would work well.
“It's a fun show, it’s a travel show, and it's a show where people don't go on for notoriety. They don't go on this show to build their brand or their career, they go on to experience it and it’s one of the only true shows left like that. That’s what I love about it.”
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